Nantwich firm Boughey Distribution is replacing its 100 strong fleet of trucks with Mercedes-Benz Actros.
The company’s £8 million investment follows a 16-week driving trial, including competitive ‘shoot-outs’ with four different manufacturers.
Boughey operates more than 200 trailers and manages 900,000 sq ft of warehousing from its headquarters in Wardle, near Nantwich.
The four manufacturers who took part in the Boughey trial were MAN, Volvo, DAF and Mercedes.
Over four months, Boughey drivers drove four rival trucks on a variety of routes.
The four vehicles also took part in ‘shoot-outs’ over motorway routes chosen to test performance.
The four manufacturers each provided a driver trainer who drove first providing tips and advice, before the Boughey driver took over for the second leg.
At the end of the trials, Mercedes came first in overall fuel efficiency and also scored top marks for consistency by showing the least variation between the different drivers.
Boughey Group fleet engineer Paul Brimelow said: “While value for money and whole-life cost were clearly important considerations, it was Mercedes’ great support package that sealed the deal for us.
“In terms of driver training provision, technician training, diagnostic equipment and parts stock, as well as a dedicated parts person/administrator based on-site, we are happy that we have picked the clear, most committed winner.
“What’s more, our drivers were really positive about the Actros and there’s no doubt that the trucks look great too.”
So far, the firm has taken delivery of 53 Mercedes Actros 2545 units with BigSpace cabs.
The remaining 47 will have arrived by the end of October 2017.